Applications Now Available for Innovative Young Farmer Award

STATESVILLE, NC – The Farm Credit Associations of NC are excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Innovative Young Farmer of the Year Award given by the Tobacco Farm Life Museum and sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina.

Eligible nominees must be between the ages of 18 and 40 as of January 1, 2022. Nominees are to either be in school for agriculture/agribusiness or have worked in the agriculture industry for less than ten years.  The application process, open until December 3, 2021, enables nominees to discuss means by which they are positively impacting their operation, as well as the greater agricultural community in North Carolina.  

The Innovative Young Farmer of the Year Award is presented annually at the Breakfast with the Commissioner held in conjunction with the 2022 Southern Farm Show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Please visit the Tobacco Farm Life Museum website at to apply for this award. Applications must be submitted electronically through the link above.

“Agriculture is the number one industry in North Carolina,” says Vance Dalton, CEO of Carolina Farm Credit. “It is imperative to reward young farmers who have a commitment to continuing the great legacy of farmers and rural communities throughout the state. The Farm Credit Associations of NC are proud to support innovative-minded farmers in North Carolina.”

For more than 100 years Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.  

The Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina are the leading providers of credit to farmers in the state of North Carolina. The member-owned financial cooperatives consist of AgCarolina Farm Credit, Cape Fear Farm Credit, and Carolina Farm Credit. The Associations have over $3.9 billion in loans and commitments outstanding to over 17,650 North Carolina farmers and rural residents. Loans are made to finance land, homes, farm buildings, operating expenses, livestock, and equipment, as well as other purposes. Appraisal services and leasing programs are also available through the Farm Credit Associations of NC.